Ford Motor Co. • Michigan Central Depot • September 18, 2018 Update

The Continuing Saga of the Michigan Central Station

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The owners of Detroit brewpub Traffic Jam & Snug are angling to open a new restaurant in the shadow of Michigan Central Station — and it’s inside a really old barn. Scott Lowell and Carolyn Howard are hoping to reassemble a 130-year-old West Michigan barn on a property at the corner of 14th and Dalzelle streets in Corktown and put a restaurant and events space inside it, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lowell and Howard apparently hatched the pastoral project back in 2014 when they acquired the 1.5-acre property on the east side of the vacant train station for a mere $250,000. Today, thanks to the recent acquisition of the station by Ford Motor Company for a new Detroit campus that land is probably worth a whole lot more.

Details of the barn restaurant and events space tentatively dubbed Kith and Kin Kelly are still getting worked out, but the pair estimate that the reassembling and renovation will cost around $3 million. The pair also have some city hurdles to jump including getting a portion of the property rezoned for a restaurant business. Questions have also been raised about the barn’s juxtaposition against the architecture of Michigan Central Station.

Source: AP • Detroit Free Press & Eater Detroit Magazine • August 3, 2018

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“A Leap of Faith” Bill Ford Says,  September 19, 2018

As Ford Motor Company hashes out its plans to transform Michigan Central Station – an historic, long-disused train station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood – into the central hub of its new Detroit campus, the automaker admits that purchasing the asset wasn’t without risk.

“We’re in a war for talent,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said at the Crain Communications Detroit Homecoming event last Wednesday, explaining why the automaker ponied up the cash for such an expensive property. The automaker has to compete with firms in prime locations around the country for the best, most qualified young talent. Having such an iconic piece of property serving as a workspace is seen as an important asset that could do the trick.

“It is a little bit of a leap of faith to look at it now and then say in four years this is going to be amazing, but actually, it is going to be amazing,” he said. “We should reinvent mobility here. Not in Silicon Valley.”

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Source ‘Ford Authority Magazine’ Sept. 19, 2018

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Likely. But they hit us up for stadiums as well. This beats a lot of other things we could or have helped pay for, and Ford's is a pretty good company when it comes to community. It will do the area a world of good imo. It needs more than just "a remodel". Everything from traffic patterns to emergencies likely needs to be rethought as the area had changed a lot since it was built.

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What does this have to do with the O Gauge Forum ?  We're talking about a real estate developmet only preipherally related to railroads.  It's all about the Michigan Central Railroad Office Building that was built above the station and has nothing to do with the station itself, except for railroad officials working close to where they could get on a train.

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What does this have to do with the O Gauge Forum ?  We're talking about a real estate developmet only preipherally related to railroads.  It's all about the Michigan Central Railroad Office Building that was built above the station and has nothing to do with the station itself, except for railroad officials working close to where they could get on a train.

That is why this topic is in the "Real Trains" section, where we talk about things like.... real trains, things relates to real trains (stations, old buildings, etc..)

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David

This is an amazing story. I was in Grand Central Station for the first time in years this summer and thought about how close that station came to being demolished. Preserving, rather than paving over, history can be inspirational. Well, at least the good parts of history. I really hope this helps in some small way the long-suffering city of Detroit as well.

Rick Francis

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I, for one, am thrilled that Ford is investing in the future of the 'Motor City.' They could have easily moved to NYC, or other regions. This is home for Ford. This building represents all the things that have gone wrong in the region over the last 7 decades. Traveling in the region via transit is nearly extinct. I rarely allow my imagination to explore what the future of Detroit might include, but somehow this project gives me great hope.

If the building really does get restored (by any means necessary) has the potential to re-invigorate the region in a major way.

Railroad modeling is therapeutic. 

The Michigan Central Station. The continuing sage, with a sidebar story. Gordie Howe International Bridge will open to traffic in late 2024

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A rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, a cable-stayed design with the longest main span in North America, at 853 meters (about 933 yards), and with towers rivaling the height of the Renaissance Center in Detroit. It was revealed in July 2018.

(Photo: Bridging North America, Bridging North America)

After years of guesses and ballpark estimates, we finally have firm schedule and cost estimates for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge. After years of guesses and ballpark estimates, we finally have firm schedule and cost estimates for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge.As announced Friday morning in Windsor, the bridge will cost $5.7 billion (Canadian), or about $4.4 billion in current U.S. dollars. Of that total, about two-thirds will pay to build the bridge, the inspection plazas in Windsor and Detroit, and the interchange with I-75 in southwest Detroit.

The other third of the total cost will pay for operating and maintaining the bridge for decades to come.The official construction schedule now predicts the bridge will open to traffic in late 2024 after a roughly six-year construction period.

Source: Detroit Free Press, Sept. 28, 2018

Background information.

The Moroun family's sold the The Michigan Central Station to the Ford Motor Company for 90 million dollars. It has been said they needed these funds to block the Gordie Howe Bridge. The Moroun family’s also owns the Ambassador Bridge, witch connects Detroit, Michigan, USA to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The Family’s called: Manuel Moroun, Detroit International Bridge Company. Ambassador Bridge. This company has been to several courts trying to block the Gordie Howe Bridge over the past several years.

August 10. 2018 Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. advanced the effort to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge this past week when he dismissed attempts by the Moroun family's Detroit International Bridge Company to block seizure of Moroun-owned land in Detroit's Delray district.

Railroad Freight Train Traffic

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The Michigan Central Railway Tunnel is a railroad tunnel under the Detroit River connecting Detroit, Michigan, in the United States with Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. The US entrance is south of Porter and Vermont streets near Rosa Parks Boulevard. The Railway Tunnel opened July 26, 1910 and it owned by: Canadian Pacific Railway.

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It's overdue that they didn't just fold to them again. 

 The Ambassador would be laying in the water before their enterprise would have built new IMO. They had decades of time to do it themselves. IMO, I.e. they wanted the rights, but didn't want to reinvest in keeping it that way.  Just like the plans of the past for the Middle Central building, they dragged thier feet for over the top deals till things got dropped.... and were somewhat neglectful to use and maintain the facilities and community to their potential. Fords's track record is a little better to say the least.

  There will be a lot of ways across till the old bridge does finally retire. There is still the daytime automobile tunnel too.

  Keeping pilings out of the water has got to be saving tons of money; the current of the Detroit River is no joke. The first international crossing, 1800s Michigan Central RR from Grosse Isle to Stoney Island to Canada got washed out from ice flow the first winter it saw. It would have awesome to see that type of aquatic infrastructure work being done here again. 

  Michigan is a cool place for bridges. The most bascules, lots of lifts and swings, the Golden Gate's increadibly long twin structure1538266681159 the Mackinaw Bridge,

 The Ambassador of course, now Gordie's, and countless smaller ones really. A pretty diverse collection.

  The MC rail tunnel was first, before the car tunnel, and also used 3rd rail electric steeple cabs to shuttle the loads between Detroit and Ontario. Coal burning in the tunnel would have been a "little smokey" 

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"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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